Tim Burton is back and better than ever with his charmingly quirky new film “Frankenweenie.”
The movie, based on a short film he came up with back in 1984, is the story of a boy who plays Frankenstein in an effort to revive his beloved pet dog.
Victor (voiced by Charle Tahan) is an introverted loner who likes to make monster movies starring his best friend, Sparky the dog.
When Sparky meets an untimely end, chasing a ball into the street, Victor is determined to bring him back with some electrodes and jolt of lighting. But naturally, these things never work out quite the way a young scientist imagines.
Part of the movie’s magic comes from the all star cast. Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short are his parents (and a few other characters, too). Winona Ryder gives her voice to Victor’s quietly lovely classmate Elsa Van Helsing and Martin Landau is his eccentric, yet enthusiastic, science teacher.
All in all, the film is a beautiful tribute to classic horror movies, designed to appeal to kids and adults alike. Burton brings his signature visuals and macabre humor to the black-and-white stop motion film and the result is a relatable story about friendship, love and loss.
And of course, it’s also wonderfully weird.
Check out the trailer below: